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7:04am 29th October 2012

A group of Cornish servicemen and women are setting off, hauling a six foot poppy through Cornwall to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

It will travel five hundred metres for every colleague lost in Afghanistan. The route currently stands at around 170 miles.

Squadron leader Shaun Pascoe is part of a group of the medical emergency response team, that collects wounded soldiers in Afghanistan and gets them back to base for treatment.

He is one of those taking part in the Poppy pull: "Even in the last week we are having to add, sadly, miles to our journey. We've increased some of our legs and we will be pulling the poppy in the evening sometimes to make up the time. There was a medic lost a couple of days ago and she will be getting her five hundred metres."

He praised the support that the Duchy gives its troops: "I was stopped many times by individuals to shake my hand, just because I was in uniform. They were acknowledging my uniform, who I was and it's a lovely feeling."

The aim is to raise awareness of this year's poppy appeal in the Duchy and will feature service personnel from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy.

At each location they will start and end their day's route at the memorials to those who fell in the First World War.

The Poppy's Route Through Cornwall:

Day 1     Penzance to Camborne

Day2      Camborne to St Mawgan

Day 3     St Mawgan to Bodmin

Day 4     Bodmin to Launceston

Day 5     Launceston to St Austell

Day 6     St Austell to Truro

7:04am 29th October 2012

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